Fee Waivers

 Practice and policy resources on access to fee waivers for immigrant survivors.

Advocacy

ASISTA Fee Waiver Comment- November 2018

This is ASISTA's first comment on the new fee waiver form and policy changes published September 2018.

ASISTA Fee Waiver Comment-May 2019

This is ASISTA's second comment on the new fee waiver form and policy changes, published February 2019.

ASISTA Fee Waiver Template Comment for Advocates, June 2019

This is another opportunity for advocates to voice their opposition notice provides additional details regarding USCIS’ rationale for adjusting the fee waiver form and practices. We encourage advocates to submit comments to show the impact of these harmful changes to fee waiver forms and guidance on survivors and their families. For a template [click here]. 

ASISTA Fee Waiver Comment-July 2019

ASISTA's third comment on the fee waiver form and policy changes, published in June 2019.

Practice Resources

Practice Advisory: Fee Waivers for VAWA Self-petitions, U and T Visa Applications (August 2018)

ASISTA has been receiving reports from practitioners nationwide that they have seen  a significant increase in the rates of fee-waiver denials from the Humanitarian Division of the Vermont Service Center. ASISTA has created a practice advisory to help advocates in their fee waiver preparation.

Appendix: Sample Language for Submitting Initial Fee Waiver Requests or Contesting Denials (February 2019). Appendix: Sample Language for Submitting Initial Fee Waiver Requests or Contesting Denials in Word version (February 2019)